Wednesday, July 08, 2015

More Free Stuff

  • More Chicagoans will soon be able to ride Divvy bikes, thanks to a new program called "Divvy for Everyone."

    Chicago residents who make less than $35,000 a year and do not have a debit or credit card will qualify for a $5 annual Divvy membership. The regular price is $75.

    The mayor's office said the program is made possible through a grant.
We've already seen the dope boys riding a few of these bikes, though we suspect they were "liberated" somehow. Pretty soon, they'll be turning up as re-tags with a new paint job.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

And just how do they intend on finding out how much a person makes or whether they have a CC or debit card? Not through the honor system. lol

7/08/2015 12:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, don't people often buy a bike because they can't afford a car? So now we're essentially giving them a bike to ride, too. There's NO incentive to work toward ANYTHING anymore.

7/08/2015 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gimme a break...bikes for $5.00 annually...why not Free??

7/08/2015 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fucking great more handouts!!!! How about finding money to fund our fucking pension!!!! Maggie Daley park, bike lanes, free cell phones a new fucking Ferris wheel & now funding for this but the city is broke!

7/08/2015 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Qualify for the grant, and then watch people undercut Divy and sell the membership for $50. Get a couple different fake id's and wash, rinse, repeat.

7/08/2015 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What grant or subsidy will pay for new Divvy bikes when the old one are never returned?

7/08/2015 12:43:00 AM  
Anonymous BIG Spender said...

A grant?? A GRANT??

Where is MY grant to park downtown in your $50+ Parking Lots?

What about a grant to get some discounts on the now overpriced Museums so I don't have to rob a bank in order to take a family down to any of the museums?

What about a grant so I don't have to pay such a high sales tax any time I go to a downtown restaurant?

No grants for me? Fine. I'll just stay out of Chicago and spend my money elsewhere.

7/08/2015 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does the Divvy membership come with Mom Jeans and a Purple Helmet, so they look like Barack?

7/08/2015 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is wonderful news. At last poor people will have a reliable means of transportation to work and play.

7/08/2015 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are the police going to start ticketing adults who ride on the sidewalk?
I am almost run over every day by aggressive cyclists with an attitude.
Please start ticketing them big time, like $100 per offense.

7/08/2015 01:18:00 AM  
Blogger divvy dave said...

This way more can be stolen and written off to insurance. The company went bankrupt a few months ago.

7/08/2015 01:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drive by shooting just got a lot more convenient.
They just made it even easier for the assholes to get around.
This is not making it better for hard working people that need it to get to work or school.
Just keep giving assholes free stuff.
We wouldn't want to be called racist, now would we.
After all, $75 is racist.
Everything is racist!

7/08/2015 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find the ignorance of the political left very funny at times. This is one of those times. Yes, you are correct. Only a matter of time before a drive by on a blue bike or a drug sale on a blue bike is a reality ( If not already). And, then, yes, a new paint job. People who cannot afford 75 bucks a year for transportation? Hard to believe when they spend much more then that for drink and weed.

7/08/2015 01:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets see what Divvy will do when they see a spike in damaged/stolen bicycles. Perhaps they will change the policy - or just hike the fees for paying customers so that the indigent can continue to take advantage of another entitlement.

7/08/2015 03:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What About VETERANS?

7/08/2015 04:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "grant" is provided by you.

Remember, Emanuel gave his Divvy buds $5 mil. to get started.

Pay up, suckers.

7/08/2015 05:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This appears to be a one-year, one-time deal. Kind of like those $19.95/month Internet promotions that end up costing you $100/month, or the famous "no money down, no payments for a year, just make an 'X' on the dotted line" mortgages that caused such a disaster.

"The City is exploring a number of options for people to be able to continue their memberships at full price after the initial year, these include payment plans, cash payment options..."

The carpetbagging tag team of Alison Cohen and Gabe Klein have hit city after city. Klein gets in as "Director Of Transportation," and Cohen's Canadian-made bicycles follow. One "seminar" and "summit meeting" after another.

Follow some links, it leads into a whole frightening maze of other city "programs" that I never heard of and that never gave me a second's time or a penny's worth of help -- but which seem to be providing a nice paycheck for a whole barn full of "facilitators" and "coordinators" and "managers" and "directors."

"Pilots" and "quantitative goals" and "workshops" and "panels" and "ceremonies" and "rallies."

"Placemaking!" "Nimbleness!" "Flexibility!" "Empowerment!"

Etc, etc. etc.

...and all this "as the private sector soars and the public sector shrinks," they claim. Looks the other way around to me.

Ever wonder where all the money vanishes to? Giant suckhole, invisible to the average person.

7/08/2015 06:38:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

Wait until they have to produce a credit card to get a bike.

7/08/2015 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grant, yea right. Whom is giving this so called "grant" and show me the terms of this grant. Remember we pay for Divy's losses. Another Rahm scam.

7/08/2015 06:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re-tags, or they will ride them to North Ave and scrap them.

7/08/2015 06:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

howcome i have to pay15 times more for the membership when i don't MAKE 15 times more ??? i'd like a five dollar membership card to Divvy ... fucking socialist.

7/08/2015 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously......CPS is broke, all of the pension funds are broke....the city is a joke...but we have money for free bike to love Rahm and his priorities....

7/08/2015 07:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A "grant." Right. Because organizations who give grants to "public improvement" projects do it out of the kindness of their hearts. Cha-ching!

7/08/2015 08:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For $75.00 you can buy a decent everyday bike at Target or Walmart. Take care of it and it will last you for years. The city must want to get rid of these bikes for some reason. Once this goes into action, by next summer all these bike are missing and the city will not replace them. Then this failed experiment will just disappear.

7/08/2015 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this why the city is taxing Netflix?

7/08/2015 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What foundation offered the grant - ? Want nothing to do with them.

Has Swan Lake ever thought that although those eligible get a free ride (pun intended) - Divvy doesn't provide helmets - a lawsuit from a clumsy scumbag waiting to happen?

--No Cop Here

7/08/2015 08:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol... Good luck getting those bikes back.

7/08/2015 08:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

End of divvy. No one rides them. Government hand out to a failing company.

7/08/2015 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So now the city is basically giving bikes to people who can't afford food. This makes zero sense. I highly doubt they will use these bikes to ride to a job interview.

7/08/2015 09:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the city clearly no longer needs revenue; that must mean they have fixed the pension debt. I don't understand this continuous cycle of "let's give more shit away, then raise taxes and fees elsewhere to pay for it."

7/08/2015 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$5 dollar membership with $200 dollar shoes and $400 phone. = liberal fantasy land.

7/08/2015 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Grant"....... Code for Shitcago taxpayer dollars. You people are so generous. Hahahahaha.

7/08/2015 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off I think the whole Divvy thing is absolutely ridiculous and is enriching connected people with its contracts. I never have, and never will, partake in the program. However if I did I'd have to come up with a $75 annual fee..... a not at all exorbitant fee. It's a fee I think pretty much anybody could afford if they chose to do so.
Now they want to let ghetto dwellers enroll in the program for $5 a year??
The regular fee of $75 annually breaks down to about .20 a day.... far less than a loose cigarette, bag of flamin hots etc. but the ghetto dwellers will be getting it for $5 annually or about one and a half cents a day.
Wow what a ridiculous waste of money just to cater to the link card abusing ghetto dwellers.
Prepare for your first ride by shooting using Divvy bikes.
Hey Rahm...... fund our damn pensions!

7/08/2015 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That won't last long when half of them come up missing. Chiraq!!

7/08/2015 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stupid can the city be?

7/08/2015 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Divvy caved to Rahm , so $5 for a new bike that you won't return and if they do it will be ghettofied

7/08/2015 12:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet that the "Grant" Rahm is talking about is really from him and his TIF funds AKA our tax money. He can't say that because he knows middle class Chicago is tired of democrates and there socialist actions of giving everything free to the lowlife democratic voters in Chicago.

7/08/2015 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a 22 or $23 million grant to start up the company. And then if it lost money the city was on the hook as it did the first year

7/08/2015 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome idea City Hall! A free mode of transportation provided for future offenders to made good their escape. A future description of offenders will include: is on a light blue Divvy bike.....

7/08/2015 12:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Divvy will be bankrupt before the end of this "grant" program, trying to replace all the stolen bikes.

7/08/2015 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another liberal democratic useless, feel good, giveaway transfer of funds for votes. Solves nothing but gives the political class the opportunity to claim they have done something for the downtrodden.

7/08/2015 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

What About VETERANS?

Rham and the Demos don't care a rat's ass about Veterans Period

7/08/2015 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh -- try reading before commenting.

"The D4E program is available to Chicago residents who have a maximum combined household income of 300 percent of the federal poverty level. D4E provides a one-time one-year membership for $5...

"The City is exploring a number of options for people to be able to continue their memberships at full price after the initial year, these include payment plans, cash payment options...

"The D4E program is made possible through a $75,000 grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership and matching funds from Divvy’s exclusive system sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL). In addition, the first 250 D4E members will receive a free bike helmet, thanks to BCBSIL’s sponsorship."

I'm not fond of these people, but it's not quite like they are throwing free bikes off the back of a truck. The theft will take care of itself as things go along -- and it's true that the city has sunk a lot of money into this one-hand-washes-the-other deal already -- like every city Gabe Klein and Alison Cohen travel to with their pitch.

7/08/2015 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

City of leeches and moochers!

No wonder our taxes are high!

Yet, City can't pay into our Pension like the city is supposed to!

Damn Political crooks like Rahm!

7/08/2015 04:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Those' customers could really need to bike off their excessive weight.
Seeing how so many are obese due to Cheetos, Doritos & Grape Pop...and no exercise whatsoever.

7/08/2015 05:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Thanks... I will continue to ride my unicycle. Cooter

7/08/2015 06:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everything's free in America

7/08/2015 06:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the lack of cynisism in these comments however it is apparent that there are few who understand what a "grant" means.

7/08/2015 08:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free shit for everyone who don't take responsibility for their lives,link, wic, section 8, no medical bills to pay when you get shot, get paid to pick up you kid's report card, get paid to make sure your kid gets to school, free Obama phones, free internet. How much money is spent paying for these parasites to keep voting Democrat?

7/08/2015 08:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm.... not so fast SCC. There actually are quite a few good guys caught between minimum wage and a hard place. I work with them - I know. Affordable transportation like this might be just the thing to tip the ball in for a win. Don't scoff too quickly - this might pay off ?

7/09/2015 01:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Under Rham Veterans get ZERO
Semper Fi

7/09/2015 02:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck that whole shit-show concept of divide and share!! Eat shit mo-fo's. I worked hard to get the shit I got and you ain't takin' none of it!! Not even the charmin I used to wipe my ass. NONE OF IT!!

7/09/2015 03:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any program that the government gets involved in fails.

7/11/2015 11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets,see- $5.00 for a new bike. Re-paint it and sell it for $100.00.

Another cottage industry is born.

7/12/2015 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate this city and cant wait to leave.

7/17/2015 12:49:00 AM  

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